‘Don’t Lie to Me’
When Barbra Streisand started writing lyrics for her new political song, “Don’t Lie to Me,” she initially aimed for “very subtle” references to President Donald Trump. But she couldn’t help herself.
“I just went ballistic,” she said. “Don’t Lie to Me” finds a passionate Streisand questioning the nation’s leader and pleading for change. Lyrics include “How do you sleep when the world keeps turning? / All that we built has come undone / How do you sleep when the world is burning? / Everyone answers to someone.”
“I just can’t stand what’s going on,” the Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winner told the Associated Press. “His assault on our democracy, our institutions, our founders – I think we’re in a fight. … We’re in a war for the soul of America.”
“Don’t Lie to Me” appears on her new album, “Walls,” her first project of mainly original tracks since 2005. It will be released Nov. 2.
With her new track “Here Comes the Change,” recorded for the forthcoming film “On the Basis of Sex” about a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kesha is again using her voice to rally for change.
“Music can become a rallying cry for positive change,” she told USA TODAY.
To celebrate the new song, Kesha compiled a playlist to “pay homage to some of my favorite artists ... who have been brave enough to fight for love, equality and change in their music.”
“Music brings people together,” Kesha says.